ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Renew Sanitation Partnership

ADBI News Release | 20 April 2020

Tokyo, Japan – ADBI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have signed a three-year partnership renewal to support further enhancements in urban sanitation and human waste management in Asia and the Pacific. The agreement comes as the COVID-19 crisis highlights a critical need for sanitation improvements to ensure public health.

Despite continued efforts to narrow the gap in the region, a large part of the population in developing Asian countries still lacks access to clean water and sanitation services. The ADBI-BMGF partnership will address these challenges by offering policy guidance and training to help government officials and development partners promote investment in accessible, affordable, contamination-free citywide inclusive sanitation services.

“Today’s health crisis is a stark reminder that further efforts are required to adopt innovative solutions in water and sanitation through data gathering, analysis, and policy dialogues”, said ADBI Deputy Dean Chul Ju Kim. “The extended ADBI-BMGF partnership is expected to greatly contribute to the advancement of water and sanitation management in the region”.

The ADBI-BMFG partnership will build on joint training efforts to increase access to inclusive and safe sanitation services, as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Goals, through 2023. Planned programs include coordination with the Administrative Staff College India, Center for Science and Environment, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan Sanitation Consortium, Toyo University, UN-Habitat, and UN University, as well as sanitation firms including Daiki, Lixil, and Toto.

“The public and private sectors have made great progress toward meeting sanitation needs in Asia and the Pacific, but there is much more to be done to promote infrastructure investment and policy frameworks for closing remaining gaps”, said BMGF Deputy Director Roshan Shrestha. “Regional exchanges of leadership and policy guidance that are a focus of BMGF-ADBI cooperation can help break new ground to mitigate health risks and build more resilient communities”.

First launched in 2017, the ADBI-BMGF partnership has supported regional sanitation breakthroughs by facilitating policy data and information-sharing, policy dialogues, and best practice deployment via training and case studies on the spillover effects of citywide inclusive sanitation and institutional sanitation arrangements.